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The British Stiff Upper Lip as viewed by the Victorians

Duration: 01:17

Ian Hislop argues with his usual wit and warmth that we have the Victorians to thank for making the Stiff Upper Lip a genuinely national characteristic. He also shows how the belief became pervasive that suffering in silence was a service to society.

Available since: Tue 2 Oct 2012

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Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip - An Emotional History of Britain Heyday

2/3 How the Victorians made the stiff upper lip a genuinely national characteristic.

First broadcast: 09 Oct 2012

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